Posted by psgels on 1 August 2009 with categories: Canaan



Yeah, I’m going to stop blogging this series after this episode. I’m going to be putting it under “sporadically updated” in case something peculiar does happen, but so far it’s really been much of the same: excellent graphics, great directing, nice character-chemistry, but the storyline still needs a lot of work. I still really like this series, but I’m running out of things to praise it for.

And it’s not like this episode didn’t develop the storyline either: Chinese Waitress Girl got some much-needed depth, and Alphard Side Kick Girl (yeah, I’m too lazy to look up their names) proved herself to be so kickass that she doesn’t need to dry herself after taking a shower because the water seems to just… evaporate apparently(sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke, doesn’t it?), so kickass that she eats paper (seriously… wtf?) and so kickass that she doesn’t care about the life of her subordinates and just sends them to get killed off. Despite these flaws, I’m interested but you can really see that the storyline is second fodder to the matters that the creators find really important to this show.

My biggest criticism for this series is how it advertised itself, though: “The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in Shanghai by bizarre events with worldwide implications.” That makes it sound like the next Baccano or something, which it clearly isn’t.

Anyway, I can always blog another big budgeted action series. There’s one particular series this season that’s probably never going to appear again after it finishes, and I want to have a shot at it.
Rating: * (Good)

10 Responses

  1. Westlo says:

    I guess the storyline needs flaws like Shangri-la to become interesting…

    “My biggest criticism for this series is how it advertised itself, though: “The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in Shanghai by bizarre events with worldwide implications.” That makes it sound like the next Baccano or something, which it clearly isn’t.”

    That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    “That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…”
    Ah, so that’s where the misunderstanding comes from. I should have known that information from myanimelist should always be taken with a grain of salt.

    “I guess the storyline needs flaws like Shangri-la to become interesting”
    Not necessarily. There are lots of shows currently airing with great and hardly flawed storylines. Canaan just happens to not be one of them, and I probably would have liked Shangri-La even better if it were without flaws. The thing I like about Shangri-la is not its flaws, but rather that it has enough to offer to make up for these flaws. ;)

  3. ancalyme says:

    You stop blogging exactly the show I dropped for lack of time and interest, lol. This is what I call divine inspiration *laugh*

  4. specracer says:

    So are you going to pick up Spice and Wolf?

  5. TJ says:

    “sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke, doesn’t it?”

    Liang Qi is like an evil lesbian version of Chuck Norris lol.

    Agreed about the story though. Hasn’t gone very far in 5 episodes.

  6. qwaszx says:

    finally, its been a year and this is the first time i agree with you.

  7. mds says:

    Well,now you’re like dropping new shows too much quickly without even after halfway of it (and almost all the shows you’ve dropped from blogging sadly also dropped from watching so there’s no review for it XP)

    by the way,what’s this another big-budgeted- action-series that woludn’t-reappear-in-nest-season??
    from your monthly summaries,I can only think of Shin Mazinger Z ,and that’s about 18 episodes already…

  8. psgels psgels says:

    mds: oh, don’t worry. I have all the intentions to finish Canaan.

    And the series I intend to blog instead of this one is in no way big budgetted or action. I meant that instead of blogging such a show that you can find in every season, there is one particular series that’s completely different and that’s probably never going to appear again after this season. And that’s the one I want to have a shot at.

  9. brownrice says:

    well yeah i agree with you on canaan. it doesnt really make me stick to it, but ill make sure to read ur review on it wen its done!

    btw, will you be blogging Bakemonogatari?

  10. Typewriter says:

    “That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…”

    Er. 428 takes place exclusively in Shibuya, which is not even near Shanghai.

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    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:47 AM)
    the original LoK:Blood Omen was a pretty expansive RPG tho. Nosgoth felt like a lived-in world with quite a sprawling story and landscape. You can equip weapon, armor, item and magic from an interesting set, and it was one of the few vampire games were you could use all of their famed forms: bats, wolf, specter and even a human disguise to talk to town-folk who will remain dead and come back as ghosts after slain.
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    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: well the company went bankrupt, so whatever they were doing didn’t work out for them too well. Eternal Darkness had decent gameplay imo- the sanity meter was a pretty cool concept. They tend do expect too much and overload their battle mechanics which aren’t as robust as they think.
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    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:24 AM)
    Bloody hell. I was going to quit at Soul Reaver 2. And you tell me the game doesn’t even end there?
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